Certificate III In Production Horticulture



Designed in consultation with the leaders in Production Horticulture across Victoria, this course has been designed to give students the ability to understand the Industry, gather all the skills that make them an effective team member in the industry and for those who wish to pursue the major career in this modern innovative environment.

You will need to understand the environmental requirements for a large number of edible plants, understand the soil and nutrition requirements they require to grow to their full potential, water requirements and pest and disease identification and control, while also understand the operation and function of a large amount of equipment and machinery.

Bountiful career options ready for picking

Designed around the consultation with industry partners, Certificate III in Production Horticulture will give you the skills to start your career in a large scale production environment. Targeted at those interested in growing and cultivating plants ready for the wholesale or retail fruit and vegetable markets. Career pathways for Production Horticulture include:

  • Farm production assistant
  • Supervision of farm production
  • Management of production farm

Melbourne Polytechnic – helping you lay down career roots

At Melbourne Polytechnic, you will have access to specialist facilities including state-of-the-art greenhouses, plant tissue culture laboratory, growing area to grow and trial a mixture of plant species to understand the true requirements for a mix of vegetables or fruits, and a well-resourced library. Our qualified and experienced teachers will guide you through your Certificate III in Production Horticulture including training and assessment requirements, tutor help as required and a large network of likeminded students that you will be able to assist you with practical experiences from the workplace.

Industry connections and resources

The Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria is the peak industry body for the state’s horticultural industry. You’ll have an opportunity to work with the organisation through events such as the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show and at the monthly Trade Days.

Benefit from training in specialist propagation facilities, including exceptional greenhouses, expansive potting sheds, plant tissue culture laboratory, and a well-resourced library.

We also have a small retail nursery that will enable you to have first-hand experience in the trade.

Employment outcomes

You may gain employment in the wholesale nursery trade in the following roles:

  • propagation, production and maintenance assistant
  • Plant sales wholesale, retail and hire
  • plant breeding assistant
  • provision of advice on plant selection and marketing, and promotion of plant products and services

Local Students






Horticulture and Landscaping
03 9269 8400


Part-time: 3 years
This course is only available through an apprenticeship or traineeship.

Class Schedule: *

AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Enrolled students will be given the dates for their Workplace training and assessment.

Modes of Delivery




Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Assessment is based on your ability to achieve unit outcomes. There is the opportunity for workplace delivery and assessment of competencies. Methods include demonstration of skills, tests and assignments, folios, oral activities, and third party reports


A list of equipment and reference material that you will need to provide will be distributed at the start of the course. Reference material is also available for loan from the Melbourne Polytechnic library.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible as an apprentice in these courses, you must be employed in the Production Horticulture Industry and have a signed Training Agreement with the employer and Melbourne Polytechnic - ask the course coordinator for more information

Pathways to further study

These qualifications can lead you to further study at Certificate IV level and/or into our AHC50416 Diploma of Horticulture.

Career Pathways

Graduates of the apprenticeship may gain employment in Farm production assistant, Supervision of farm production, Management of production farm.

Enrolment Intake

  • Ongoing
  • February
  • July

Units Of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subjects Hours
AHCBER301 Work effectively in an emergency disease or plant pest response 50
AHCBER303 Carry out emergency disease or plant pest control procedures at infected premises 50
AHCBIO302 Identify and report unusual disease or plant pest signs 50
AHCIRG303 Measure irrigation delivery system performance 70
AHCIRG331 Install pressurised irrigation systems 70
AHCIRG333 Maintain pressurised irrigation systems 50
AHCMOM302 Perform machinery maintenance 50
AHCMOM304 Operate machinery and equipment 40
AHCMOM315 Operate chemical application machinery and equipment 90
AHCPHT303 Implement a post-harvest program 70
AHCPHT306 Establish horticultural crops 25
AHCPMG301 Control weeds 70
AHCWHS301 Contribute to work health and safety processes 50
FDFWGG3013A Operate spreading and seeding equipment 20

Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.